Louise Ashcroft (b. 1983, Yorkshire, UK) lives and works in London. Speaking fantasy to power, Louise’s videos, installations and performances chronicle her playfully disruptive fieldwork in public places like shopping centres, trade fairs, online platforms, and the street. By directly challenging the rules of such contexts through her unexpected observations and comedic interventions, she questions the bizarre norms of late capitalism and offers up new myths which she weaves into poetic narratives relating to found images and improvised props. Ashcroft’s playfully antagonistic antics include mailing soil samples from former public squares in London to the overseas investors who now own the land; smuggling ‘foreign’ vegetables into supermarkets whose checkout staff can’t identify them; leading 'backwards shopping' workshops; or re-titling artworks in Tate Modern using post-it notes and a team of visiting school children.
Louise Ashcroft studied at Oxford University (Ruskin School of Art), Birkbeck College (University of London) and The Royal College of Art London. She teaches at Goldsmiths University, is co-founder of the alternative art school AltMFA.
As though rummaging through a bag of trash, artist Louise Ashcroft reflects on how we attach myths and stories to consumer goods. Exploring the emotional and psychological space of shopping culture, this talk will playfully question what it is we actually buy when we visit the mall, and what's really going on behind the marketing.